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The two ponds or ‘wedges of water’ be­tween the house’s three pavil­ions don’t just serve an aes­thetic or cal­ma­tive pur­pose. Turn­ing to Mid­dle East­ern ar­chi­tec­tural tra­di­tions, Strachan has adapted a pair of ageold tech­niques to bring water-cooled air into the Owhanake Bay House. A bad­gir, or windcatcher, cap­tures pre­vail­ing breezes to bring air into a build­ing; a qanat cools the air by bring­ing it into con­tact with the earth or, as in Owa­hanke Bay house, with water. Low in tech, high in cun­ning.

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